The Intel Education Accelerator Selects First Cohort of EdTech Startups

intel_rgbThe Intel Education Accelerator, launched by Intel Capital and Intel Education in April, selected the first cohort of startups.

The selected startups on Monday will begin a four-month program that will provide them with guidance from technology, business and education experts; secure investments of up to $100,000 each from Intel Capital; and leverage Intel’s global relationships with educators and governments in more than 100 countries.
They will be hosted at GSVlabs of Redwood City, California.

The program culminates in a Dec. 2 “pitch day” for the program’s entrepreneurs in front of prospective funders.

The accelerator is open to both K-12 and higher-ed startups, with special consideration for companies focused on data analytics and adaptive learning.

Members of the inaugural cohort are:
– BeeLine (Woodside, California), which provides digital reading tools for students to learn to read faster.
Echelon Creative (New York City), which replaces normal words in text messages with advanced synonyms, teaching a user new vocabulary words in context.
GotIt! (Menlo Park, California), an on-demand knowledge platform that allows students to post photos of schoolwork problems and connect with a study expert who can provide detailed explanations.
Griti (San Francisco), which produces on-demand video help that supports college students using on-campus peer networks of subject experts.
Myriad Sensors (Mountain View, California), maker of a wireless sensor called PocketLab that connects to a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook and instantly streams measurement data similar to that of expensive lab equipment.
ToneTree (Troy, New York), which combines a small hardware unit with intelligent software to transform any surface into an interactive musical instrument for innovative audio/visual education.
Vidcode (New York City), founded by software developers and educators Alexandra Diracles and Melissa Halfon to teach computer programming to teen girls by enabling them to upload their mobile videos to Instagram and customize them with code.
WriteReader (Copenhagen, Denmark), a literacy-based learning platform for children to create and share their own storybooks and improve their reading and writing skills through big data and adaptive learning.



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